“And Joshua the son of Nun, and? Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, Tent their clothes: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
To my mind, the most interesting of the decisions made at the Vatican Council is this one. It treats precisely of that matter which is such great concern of other churches of our day. It sets forth, too, a change in attitude, though not in doctrine, in the Romish Church. There was a time, and not too long ago, when Romish leaders would not deign to meet with those outside their own church domain.
In my previous article I spoke of the fact that Christ laid down His life for His sheep. In answer to Daane’s question, What does a repentant sinner believe? the answer is: he believes in Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd Who laid down His life for His sheep. He embraces Christ as His personal Savior, and experiences His power to forgive sins, to feed his hungry soul with the Bread of life and to give him life eternal. In faith he surrenders himself to that Lord with his whole being for time and for eternity.
It can hardly be said of the concordistic theory, i.e., that the days of Genesis 1 are not really days of twenty four hours, but periods of thousands or millions of years in duration, that it represents an honest attempt to explain the days of Genesis 1 in the light of Scripture.
Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people. . . And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard these things, and his anger was kindled greatly. And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, So shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.
The last time we considered various aspects of the suffering of Christ as set forth in our Communion Form. The concluding part of the paragraph of this Form, to which we want to direct your attention this time, reads as follows: